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UU Service

By Jon Sievert

The Reverend Wyman Rousseau explores the Universalism side of the Unitarian Universalist faith at this Sunday’s service.

UU Service
“The Hidden Legacy of Universalism”
By Rev. Wyman Rousseau
Sun, Jul 30, 10:30am
Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15

Where do Christian denominational names come from? Some denominations derive their name from their form of church governance. Some derive their name from their affirmation of specific church beliefs. Unitarian Universalists derive their names from very old Christian controversies about the nature of God and the nature of salvation, old controversies that appear to be largely “dead issues” for contemporary members. One can be a Unitarian Universalist today and know little of the history of one’s faith.

Rev. Rousseau traces the development of Universalist and Unitarian thought in the early religious thinking in the United States during the 18th and 19th century, looking for the hidden legacy of Universalism in contemporary Unitarian Universalism. Where do the beliefs of the early Universalists still appear and animate the faith of a UU today?

He writes: “One of my earliest childhood memories of the Universalist Church in Stamford, Connecticut, that my parents attended is of a beautiful altar table which had the words ‘God is Love’ ornately carved into the side of the table. At the time, little did I know of the significance of those words as defining succinctly the essence of the Universalist faith and its relevance in today’s world.”

Reverend Rousseau grew up in the Universalist faith tradition (before the merger of the Unitarian and Universalist faiths in 1961) and served as Secretary of the Universalist Historical Society for several years in the 1970s. He has been a UU minister for 49 years, serving congregations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Florida, and North Carolina. Wyman is the founder of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, NC. He also served six years as the Southeastern Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at Posada de Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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